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Dalmatian toadflax (Linaria dalmatica)

Dalmatian toadflax Common Names: Broadleaf Dalmatian toadflax

Description: Originally introduced to North America as an ornamental plant in the late 1800s.

Habit: Short-lived, herbaceous perennial; narrow and upright, growing up to 4 ft tall; Taproots may reach depths of 4-10 ft, and lateral roots can extend 12 feet from parent plant.

Leaves: Heart-shaped, waxy, pale green in color, and 1-3 in long with clasping bases.

Stems: Somewhat woody at the base, and frequently branched in the upper portion. Waxy in texture.

Flowers: Bright yellow in color with orange markings and elongate spurs and occur in simple racemes on the stems, 1.4-2 in long and snap-dragon like; Blooms May through September.

Fruit and seeds: Fruits are capsules that are 0.5 in long and contain an average of 140 to 250 small black-brown, seeds with wings.

Habitat: Native from central Europe to central Asia. Found in disturbed sites, roadsides, clear cuts, railroad right-of-ways, fences, croplands, pastures, and rangelands. Prefers dry sites with coarse, well-drained soil.

Reproduction: By seed.

Similar species: Butter and eggs or Yellow toadflax (Linaria vulgaris) is similar in appearance, but has more linear pointed leaves, and is generally smaller.

Monitoring and rapid response: Hand-pulling, mowing, and tillage can be effective in preventing seed productions and starving toadflax roots; effective herbicides for toadflax include chlorsulfuron, dicamba, picloram and imazapic. It may be necessary to retreat every 3-4 years; flower feeding beetles (Brachypterolus pulicarius and Gymnetron antirrhini) reduce seed production.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Colorado Weed Management Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.

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Common Name:

Dalmatian toadflax

Scientific Name:

Linaria dalmatica







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